Geranium Essential Oil
Geranium essential oil is native to South Africa and is presently cultivated in Europe, Central America, Egypt, Japan and the Congo.
Geranium oil is extracted from the plant with the botanical name Pelargonium graveolens.
There are also other species of geranium which yield essential oils.
Geranium oil has been used as far back in history as ancient Egypt.
They used geranium oil against tumours.
What does geranium essential oil smell like?
Rosy with an earthy, smooth and dry aroma with a hint of citrus flavours.
Which part of the plant provides the oil?
The flowers and leaves.
What has geranium essential oil been sourced from?
This particular geranium essential oil originates from France.
How is geranium essential oil extracted?
Geranium oil is extracted by steam distillation.
This involves using steam from boiling water to extract the essential oil from the plant.
The heat from the steam causes the plant’s cell walls to open allowing the essential oil to be released.
What other oils blend well with geranium oil?
Geranium oil blends well with basil, bergamot, clary sage, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lime, marjoram, neroli, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, rosemary sandalwood and vetivert.
How can I benefit from geranium essential oil?
Here are some ways you can benefit from geranium essential oil:
- Stress and Anxiety Relief: Geranium oil is known for its calming properties. Inhaling its aroma through a diffuser or topical application (diluted with a carrier oil) can help reduce stress, anxiety, and promote relaxation.
- Mood Enhancement: The pleasant floral scent of geranium oil is believed to uplift the mood and promote a sense of well-being. Diffusing the oil or using it in massages may help in this regard.
- Skincare: Geranium oil is often used in skincare due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It may help in balancing sebum production, making it beneficial for both dry and oily skin types. Diluted geranium oil can be applied topically to improve the appearance of the skin and reduce the appearance of acne, blemishes, and wrinkles.
- Natural Insect Repellent: Geranium oil has been used traditionally as an insect repellent. Its aroma can deter mosquitoes and other insects. You can add a few drops to a carrier oil and apply it to your skin or use it in a diffuser to keep insects at bay.
- Pain Relief: Geranium oil may possess analgesic properties, which means it can help alleviate pain. When diluted with a carrier oil, it can be massaged onto sore muscles or painful areas for relief.
- Menstrual Support: Some women find geranium oil beneficial during menstruation as it may help with menstrual pain and hormonal balance. It can be used in aromatherapy or diluted with a carrier oil and applied to the lower abdomen.
- Supporting Sleep Quality: Due to its calming effects, geranium oil may assist in promoting better sleep. Diffusing the oil in the bedroom before bedtime might help create a relaxing atmosphere conducive to rest.
Are there precautions I should know about?
Remember, essential oils are potent substances, so always use them with care:
- Dilution: Before applying geranium oil to the skin, dilute it with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil) to avoid skin irritation.
- Patch Test: Perform a patch test on a small area of your skin to check for any allergic reactions or sensitivities before widespread use.
- Pregnancy: Pregnant women should consult their healthcare provider before using essential oils, including geranium oil.
- Medical Conditions: If you have any medical conditions or concerns, consult a qualified healthcare professional before using geranium essential oil.